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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Chris Wright Retires

Former Dirtbag Chris Wright has retired from the Fullerton Flyers of the Golden Baseball League. has this:
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The Golden Baseball League, an independent minor league in its first year of operation, lost two 1998 Hart graduates Thursday. Outfielder Chris Wright retired after a six-week comeback to baseball and pitcher Andy Davidson was released. Wright, who is the all-time hits leader at Hart and Long Beach State, resumed his baseball career after he decided not to play after his senior season with the 49ers, 2002. He spent six weeks with the Fullerton Flyers before retiring Thursday.

The 24-year-old was in the starting lineup in the Flyers' first game, but misjudged a fly ball in the outfield and was removed by manager and former San Diego Padre Garry Templeton. Wright was thereafter relegated to pinch hitting. "I didn't get a fair chance to play," Wright said. "In a nutshell, that's what it came down to. I think it was more about some of the other players because they had professional experience and I was a rookie." Wright was 2-for-13 with an RBI in nine games.

Nonetheless, Wright was thankful for the opportunity and plans to resume his pursuit of a teaching credential and future career in baseball coaching. "The reality is that 99 percent of people who play organized sports will not play at the professional level and I feel like I defeated the odds," Wright said. "I'm very thankful to Garry Templeton for giving me the opportunity and I feel blessed I went this far."

posted on 6/21/2005 by Jeff Agnew

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